Hello Kitty’s ancestor meets the forefather of modern artas part of a major new retrospective.
Before Hello Kitty was Miffy, or Nijntje as she’s known in the Netherlands.
The small little rabbit has been appearing in picture books since the 1950s and is now in probably her most high-brow release to date – Miffy x Rembrandt, as available in Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum.
The book is released as part of the museum‘s expansive exhibition devoted to Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, All the Rembrandts, and features pictures of Miffy and co exploring classic works by the master.
It’s not a new idea to get kids into art history through the medium of picture books – last year, for example, saw Rose Blake reimagine David Hockney’s A History of Pictures for children – but this book seems to have a certain hip and knowing edge, something the Rijksmuseum has down pat with calling its big show in a way that will surely give millennials ‘all the feels’.
Past exhibitions at the museum have honored Miffy creator Dick Bruna by placing his creations alongside the works of Matisse, showing the artist’s influence beyond the storybook world, prefiguring the playfulness seen in Miffy x Rembrandt.
This post previously appeared in Digital Arts Online.